I hope you’ll forgive my mixing up of Christmas books with the title. It’s just that “Bah, humbug” so perfectly expresses my feelings.
This new Grinch movie is being made by Chris Meledandri‘s Illumination Entertainment for Universal Pictures, the same studio behind the live-action version of Grinch that starred Jim Carrey. This new version, however, will be animated, so it’s possible that its Grinch won’t look so weirdly nightmare-inducing, at least?
This will be Meledandri’s third Seuss film; the other two were last year’s The Lorax and 2008’s Horton Hears a Who!. I didn’t see the former, but Horton was impressive in its ability to completely strip away all the magic that was in the original book and the Chuck Jones-directed short version from the ’70s.
Jones also directed the TV version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! that’s still so beloved today, so needless to say I’m feeling somewhat Grinchy about Meledrandri getting his hands on it, too.
Deadline is reporting that first-timer Peter Candeland (that’s a good last name) is set to direct. There are no writers attached yet, but Illumination’s Horton and Lorax were both written by the same duo, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they did this one, too.
/Film notes that the film will be in 3D, which I’m unable to confirm, but who are we kidding? It totally will be.